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    R.6 1820 JR-12 Dime, VF25
    Among the Rarest Capped Bust Dimes

    1820 10C Medium 0 VF25 NGC. JR-12, R.6. The lowest curl extends to the right edge of the 2 in the date; star 7 points to the upper part of the headband, and a point of star 1 points above Liberty's highest drapery fold. Stars 12 and 13 are distant, and a small center dot appears below the ear. On the reverse the scroll begins under the left edge of the upright of the D in UNITED and ends past the midpoint of the M in AMERICA.
    NGC has correctly attributed the variety as JR-12 on the slab, although the slab also identifies it as Small 0, which it clearly is not; the 0 in the date on this coin is slightly larger than the 2. The John Reich authors call only certain varieties by the Small 0 (JR-2, JR-3) or Large 0 (JR-8, JR-9, JR-13) labels, but the PCGS numbering system calls all varieties of 1820 one or the other, hence the Large 0 in our boldface description above.
    This is a very rare die marriage, by far the rarest of the year. At the time the John Reich authors compiled their dime reference, they said that they had seen only three specimens, although a few others undoubtedly existed.
    The present example has steel-gray surfaces with lighter powder-gray high points, and while moderate wear is present, there is no overt contact visible. This appears to be only the second time we have offered an example of the JR-12. The first was the Jules Reiver AU50 NGC specimen (1/2006, lot 22164), where we wrote the following:

    "This is the discovery coin of the variety which was generally unknown prior to the publication of Early United States Dimes 1796-1837 in 1984. Jules purchased this coin from dealer/collector Don Frederick in 1980, who apparently discovered this new die pairing based on the sketchy variety information available prior to the publication of the variety reference for dimes."
    From The Donald R. Frederick Collection of Early U.S. Coinage: Bayside Part II.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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